U.S. President Joe Biden says he’s planning to give surplus COVID-19 vaccines to other countries, including Canada, in the future as his country’s vaccination rollout hits another milestone.
President Biden said he spoke to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday about providing additional vaccine assistance to Canada, but also suggested some of the extra vaccines could go to Central America. He noted that the U.S. doesn’t yet have enough to send at this time, but said the U.S. could provide help down the line.
A readout of the call provided by the Prime Minister’s Office said the two leaders discussed “vaccination efforts in both countries, and the urgency of getting people everywhere vaccinated as quickly as possible to end the global COVID-19 pandemic.”
Among other things, the two also discussed the upcoming Leaders Summit on Climate, the federal budget, the detentions of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China and the “recent exchange of AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in the United States.”
Through a bilateral agreement, 20 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine are expected to funnel into Canada from manufacturing plants in the U.S. over the second and third quarters of this year.
The AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved by Health Canada for use but has not yet been approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration.
This week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC announced that all Americans 16 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
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